University of York Industrial Placements and Internships

12 January 2022

Industrial placements and internships

What are industrial placements?

The Department of Computer Science runs an industrial placement scheme for our undergraduate students, which allows them to gain experience in the workplace during their academic studies at university. We can also arrange internships that take place within the summer vacation for three months.

All placements are carried out between the second and third years of their course. The placement year is treated as an assessed module of the course and is recognised as part of the degree.Industrial placements (or sandwich placements) enable the student to try a career field before graduating and to put into practice some of the knowledge gained from their course.

Many placement students are offered permanent positions to return to after they have graduated as a result of their work in the placement and generally perform better in their remaining studies and achieve higher grades.

Placements begin in July for one year, with interviews beginning in the October of the preceding year.

Benefits for your organisation

Ralph has been an excellent team member developing software for the new Manchester Tram Operating System. He has been enthusiastic, adaptable, knowledgeable and quick to find solutions whatever the challenge. Pete Shaw, Software Team Leader, Thales.

Employing a placement or work experience student can be viewed as part of the interview process for future company employees.When you take a student on an industrial placement, there are a number of benefits for your business:

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